Myanmar

All about the Myanmar FLEGT process

Forest cover in Myanmar is approximately 29 million hectares or about 43% of its national territory. Of this area, about 31% is managed by the State. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), between 2010 and 2015, Myanmar lost 2.7 million hectares of forests, about 8.6% of its forest cover. 

In 2017, Myanmar´s timber exports to the EU were worth about EUR 32 million, a fall compared to EUR 66 million in 2007 according the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor.

Forests are the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC). The State-owned Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) is responsible for the harvesting, processing and sale of all commercial timber. 

In January 2015, the FLEGT inception workshop took place and marked the beginning of Myanmar’s FLEGT process. Currently, Myanmar is in a preparation phase. The purpose of this phase is to prepare and establish strong foundations for a successful negotiation should Myanmar and the EU decide to negotiate a VPA.

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All about what is a VPA and how it is structured.

All about what FLEGT licences are and how they can benefit businesses in the EU as well as timber producers in countries outside the EU.

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Navigate the map to find out about past and ongoing FLEGT projects around the world.

The knowledge sharing platform for development cooperation of the European Commission where you can share, learn and collaborate with development professionals.

All about the EU Timber Regulation that aims to reduce illegal logging by ensuring that no illegal timber or timber products can be sold in the EU.